McGuinty Government Kicks Off Development Of Growth Plan For Northern Ontario

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McGuinty Government Kicks Off Development Of Growth Plan For Northern Ontario

Ministry of Infrastructure

Ministers Bartolucci and Caplan Visit Thunder Bay To Engage Leaders THUNDER BAY, ON, July 9 - Thunder Bay municipal, business and community leaders heard first-hand today how the McGuinty government's Growth Plan for Northern Ontario will help strengthen the local economy. Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal, David Caplan, Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Rick Bartolucci, Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North and Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan and Parliamentary Assistant to Minister Bartolucci, provided details on the development of the plan at a dinner sponsored by the Northern Ontario Association of Chambers of Commerce. "We look forward to an action-focused plan that will help to retain our youth, attract new investment and continue the work we have started related to diversification of our economy," said Mauro. "Our government recognized the importance of initiatives like this with the establishment of the Northern Development Councils. We will take their input as well as that of others and move forward expeditiously on these ideas." "Our Northern municipal and business leaders have provided us with great advice already and we look forward to continuing to work with them to see us reach our economic development potential." said Gravelle. "The Growth Plan is great news for Thunder Bay and all of Northern Ontario because being a focused part of the Province's plan for growth will mean more strategic and larger investments in our communities." The McGuinty government announced its intention to develop a Growth Plan for Northern Ontario on May 17, 2007. The plan, to be developed under the Places to Grow Act, will create a coordinated approach to encourage and support sustainable growth in northern communities. "We are committed to developing a Growth Plan that will build on the good work already done by northern residents, the Northern Development Councils and municipal leaders," said Caplan. "Our approach will be consultative and engage key leaders in the development of a long-range plan for sustainable growth that will build a stronger, more prosperous North." The establishment of a 16-member ministers' table will help the government develop a growth plan that supports a prosperous North and reflects northern priorities such as education, housing, recreation and transportation in a comprehensive manner. "The ongoing implementation of our Northern Prosperity Plan has established a foundation for prosperity in the North, and this Growth Plan will help build on that foundation," said Bartolucci. "I recently convened the first meeting of the ministers' table. They are committed to aligning their resources, and coordinating policies and investments to help develop and put in place a growth plan that will lead to better opportunities for northerners, and particularly our youth, to learn, work and raise families here." While visiting Thunder Bay, the ministers toured the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, a landmark for the kind of sustained growth opportunities that a growth plan would help create. "I am pleased to hear the government recognize the importance of the work completed by the Northern Development Councils and other work, and the need to align government resources to turn strategy into action," said Thunder Bay Mayor Lynn Peterson. The ministers are visiting six cities throughout Northern Ontario - Sault Ste. Marie, Kenora, Thunder Bay, Timmins, North Bay and Sudbury - to meet northern residents, young people, and municipal, aboriginal, business, economic development, industry, education and environment leaders. Working together, Ontarians have achieved results in support of local economic development. Other examples include: - Investing $104.2 million towards the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, which has campuses in Thunder Bay and Sudbury - Providing $6.7 million in bursaries for the students of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Contributing more than $10.4 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help 569 young northerners launch their careers in the North. Disponible en français ontario.ca/pir ontario.ca/mndm Contact Info For further information: Amy Tang, PIR Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Laura Blondeau, MNDM Minister's Office - Sudbury, (705) 564-7454; Anne Dunderdale, PIR Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Amy Tang, PIR Minister's Office, (416) 325-4048; Laura Blondeau, MNDM Minister's Office - Sudbury, (705) 564-7454; Anne Dunderdale, PIR Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810